The former principal of Pei Chun Public School, Lee Lip Hong, who pleaded guilty to having sex with an underage prostitute was sentenced to 9 weeks of imprisonment on Friday (April 27).
The 39-year-old arrived at the Subordinate Courts at 8.40am, clad in a full suit. He was accompanied by his ex-classmate and guarantor.
He admitted to one of two charges of having paid $500 for the underage prostitute's sexual services at Hotel 81 Bencoolen on Sept 26, 2010, and the other charge was considered during his sentencing.
Speaking to reporters after Mr Lee was sentenced, his lawyer Melanie Ho said her client will not appeal the sentence.
Mr Lee was not accompanied by his wife, as he had deliberately told her to avoid the media frenzy surrounding his case.
The most recent case of another Singaporean charged for having paid sex with an underage Vietnamese prostitute and was sentenced to four months in jail.
The maximum penalty is a jail-term of up to seven years and/or a fine.
Mr Lee broke down several times during the hour-long court proceedings, and he requested to make a statement to the judge.
"I would like to confess that I am fully ashamed of my own actions, and more importantly the pain and harm that I have caused to my family members, especially my wife.
"My wife has magnanimously taken a tough decision to forgive me, and even proposed to reaffirm our wedding vows once again.
"It is my personal lack of control of my own moral standards and my weak resistance to distractors that have led me to my mistake."
STOMPer Andy said:
"At least he admitted to committing the crime, which is probably why he received a lesser sentence.
"It is a good lesson for other men who wish to do such things."
Photos 1 to 9 are of Mr Lee Lip Hong. Photos 10 to 32 are of the undercover reporter, while the rest of the pics show men charged in the underage sex case.
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